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natchiviak “pair of man’s fur-out, knee-high sealskin fall boots”
Language: North Slope Iñupiaq

Also called:
miqłiqtuqtak “pair of child’s boots”
Language: North Slope Iñupiaq

Ukiaġni taiġuġuugait tainnaasi mitqunmun. Natchiviaq ukiaqsiutit. (During fall they call these “fur-out.” Natchiviaq for the fall.)

—Jane Brower, 2002

These snow boots for fall and winter are made of spotted seal skin with the fur turned toward the outside. This style is also called mitquligaak, which means “including fur.” The soles are made of bearded seal hide. The boots would have been worn with warm fur socks and insulating grass pads.

Culture: Iñupiaq
Region: Northwest Alaska
Object Category: Clothing
Dimensions: Length 39.0cm
Accession Date: 1991
Source: n/a
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: ET01650